Operational Overviews

Operations Division

The Operations Division oversees the full life cycle of energy resource development in Alberta. It works with companies and stakeholders to assess new development proposals and holds companies accountable for meeting regulatory requirements—from design and construction through to active operations and, ultimately, decommissioning.

The division is made up of four branches that focus on consistent and efficient use of the existing regulatory tools and processes to ensure compliance, industry performance reporting, and improvement of the effectiveness and efficiency of our regulatory system across each of the sectors we regulate.

AER staff inspecting container

Strategy & Regulatory Division

The Strategy and Regulatory Division examines the environmental, social, and economic impacts of energy development to enable well-informed decision making across the AER. The division analyzes and models data and information from the full life cycle of energy development and integrates it into AER decisions. The analysis is done to ensure that the AER understands current and future impacts and opportunities of energy development in order to make the right decisions for Alberta. The division also uses this information to provide the organization with a clear vision and strategy that includes measurable performance goals and objectives. The division comprises three integrated branches that

  • provide scientific, peer-reviewed research on Alberta’s geology, earth resources, geological hazards, and groundwater on a regional scale;
  • monitor and report on indicators of energy resource, environmental, and social outcomes;
  • change regulatory requirements based on these indicators; and
  • develop and implement the AER’s enterprise, strategic, and corporate operations plans.

Stakeholder & Government Engagement Division

The Stakeholder and Government Engagement Division supports all AER work though engagement, relationship building, information sharing, and collaboration with people and groups that are interested in, or that could potentially be affected by, the AER’s decisions. While most of the division’s work is done in Alberta, many national and international stakeholders have considerable influence and interest in the decisions and actions of the AER.

The division uses a variety of tools, including stakeholder mapping, public-opinion research, and engagement planning to build mutually beneficial relationships with landowners, indigenous peoples, the public, governments, environmental organizations, peer regulators, and other stakeholder groups through its branches—Alberta Government Engagement, Alberta Stakeholder Engagement, National and International Relations, and Public Affairs—and through the AER’s International Centre of Regulatory Excellence.

Stakeholder and Government Engagement Division

Corporate Services Division

The Corporate Services Division provides the foundational support necessary to enable the AER to achieve its mandate. This division focuses on people and culture, infrastructure, information, and fiscal responsibility. It is designed to support the organization with key corporate functions such as technology, data and information management, facilities services, finance, administration, internal audit, and human resources.

Law Branch

The Law Branch provides legal advice to the entire organization, including the board of directors and hearing commissioners. The branch supports organizational functions such as authorizations, contracts, hearings, litigation, regulatory and strategic projects, government and stakeholder engagement, and Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Law Branch also has expertise in the statutes the AER administers, including all regulations, rules, directives, and policies.

Law Branch